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Bluebell shooting Man charged with attempted murder of Sinead Connolly further remanded

Ms Connolly suffered life threatening injuries to her upper body which were “unlikely to be reversible and will change her life from here on in”

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Sinead Connolly

Sinead Connolly

Sinead Connolly

A man charged with attempted murder after a shooting left a Dublin mother with “catastrophic” injuries has been further remanded in custody.

Sinead Connolly, 30, was shot multiple times in the hallway of her second floor flat at Bernard Curtis House, in Bluebell, in the south of the city, on the afternoon of March 6 last.

She was rushed to St James’s Hospital and has remained in a critical condition.

Joseph Byrne, 32, of La Touche Road, Bluebell, was remanded in custody after he appeared at Dublin District Court on Tuesday charged with attempted murder of the mother-of-one.

He also faces an additional firearms charge for possessing a G9A Grand Power semi-automatic handgun, at Bluebell Road, with intent to enable another person to endanger life on the same date.

Mr Byrne faced his third hearing at Cloverhill District Court. Judge Victor Blake remanded him in continuing custody to appear again on April 28 next for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions to be obtained.

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Garda at the scene of the crime.

Garda at the scene of the crime.

Garda at the scene of the crime.


Detective Garda Colm Reynolds had earlier said Ms Connolly suffered life threatening injuries to her upper body which were “unlikely to be reversible and will change her life from here on in”.

It was alleged Mr Byrne entered a nearby flat brandishing a black handgun. He came out with a second male who was now carrying the gun.

They allegedly went to Sinead Connolly’s home and the second man went in followed by Mr Byrne.

Detective Garda Reynolds has said when they exited Mr Byrne was helping the other man who was nursing an injury. The gun was left on the stairwell and picked up by a third man, the court was told.

Mr Byrne brought the injured man to St James’s A&E, it was alleged.

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Sinead Connolly tried to help relative and was targetted.

Sinead Connolly tried to help relative and was targetted.

Sinead Connolly tried to help relative and was targetted.

Paul Mooney, 32, with an address in Dublin’s south inner city was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. He is also accused of acting to impede the apprehension or prosecution of a person, knowing or believing them to have committed an offence.

The district court heard he arrived after the shooting.

His solicitor had said he innocently went there to pay someone €50. The court also heard it was alleged he picked up the firearm from the scene and put it in his pocket. He allegedly returned to his own home, wrapped it in two bags and disposed of it in a communal bin area.

It was later recovered.

He has been further remanded in custody to appear again on April 27 at Cloverhill District Court.

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